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New Rotan business celebrates grand opening

New Rotan business celebrates grand opening

Friends, family and members of the Fisher County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the Grand Opening of Comprehensive Land Management & Ekdahl-Nelson Real Estate with an official ribbon cutting downtown Rotan last Friday July 24th. Afterwards everyone gathered for refreshments and to tour the new storefront.

The Downtown Rotan office of Comprehensive Land Management and Ekdahl-Nelson Real Estate officially welcomed everyone through its doors in a grand opening Saturday, a celebration, months in the making for business owner Rory Burroughs.

Burroughs and LaRissa Place have spent more hours than not over the past six months, working on transforming the inside of the downtown building into functioning office space. Burroughs said it was great to finally open, and the tremendous turnout was even better than anticipated.

“I actually felt like I only got to visit with a third of the people because there were so many,” said Rory.

 

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Aspermont ISD to release backto-school guidlines

The Aspermont ISD Board of Trustees met earlier this week, and while AISD is one of the last districts in the region to amend its school calendar, they will be one of the first to release guidelines for returning to school amidst the spread of Covid-19.

Like in neighboring districts, the AISD Board approved changes to the 2020- 2021 school calendar, more specifically, the length of the day. AISD Superintendent Zach Morris shared with the board members discussions had with other superintendents in the region, saying... most schools are trying to find ways to schedule extra days, and he, personally, would feel more comfortable with some additional days built into AISD’s 2021 calendar.

 

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Fisher Co. Commissioners to consider closing jail

As Fisher County has roughly six weeks left before adopting the FY 2021 budget in September, the commissioners are looking at possibly saving taxpayer dollars by closing the county jail during this budget cycle.

The Fisher County Law Enforcement Center (LEC) has faced a variety of issues since opening in the summer of 2016. Saddled with controversy shortly after breaking ground, the jail continues to provide obstacles for county officials to overcome. One of the more persistent issues the jail faces is the struggle to keep staffing within state compliance guidelines.

In the early stages of COVID-19 beginning its spread across Texas, the commissioners met in an emergency meeting, where after hearing a brief report from Fisher County Sheriff Allen Arnwine, the court voted unanimously to voluntarily close — or depopulate — the jail in mid-March.

 

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NOMADIC NEWSPAPER STOPS TO SMELL THE ROSES IN SAN ANGELO

Nomadic Newspaper stops to smell the roses in San Angelo

The Double Mountian Chronicle continues its journey with Robert Kelly and Paula Shields, enjoying a special “Texas Tour” stop at the International Water Lilly Collection in San Angelo Texas. Located on the cool shady banks of the Concho River, it is one of the world's foremost waterlily collections, and contains rare hybrids & old favorites.

If you are traveling somewhere that you think is interesting and exciting or going to meet someone famous, or interesting we would like to invite you to take along the Double Mountain Chronicle, snap a photograph and send it to us to publish in the newspaper with a brief description. You can email the photo to: publisher@dmchronicle.com. 325.933.8129.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rotan ISD approves $15 million bond proposal

Rotan ISD approves $15 million bond proposal

The Rotan ISD Trustees met with the district’s bond committee during the board’s July meeting last week, where after review and discussion of the roughly $15 million construction project, the board accepted the proposal in preparation for the anticipated bond election in November.

With Fisher County taxing entities still in negotiations regarding BayWa r.e.’s planned 100-turbine expansion of its 30-mile-wide Mozart wind farm — located primarily within the Rotan School

District — trustees have been considering the possibility of a bond election since December 2018. More recently, a citizenmajority bond committee has been consulting with engineers, architects, and financial advisors to determine how funds might be spent.

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Roby CISD Trustees shut public out of salary schedule discussions

With questions from the press about proper justification for executive session still hanging in the air, the Roby CISD Trustees retreated behind closed doors last week, spending a half-hour discussing the allocation of almost $12,000 to increase pay for personnel across three categories on the 2021 employee salary schedule.

With 22 items on the agenda for discussion, 13 of which requiring action, last week’s Roby CISD Agenda was a little longer than average. The only one that raised concern was the solitary topic listed under executive session: Roby CISD Employee Salary Schedule for the 2021 Academic School Year.

The Double Mountain Chronicle reached out to the administration before the meeting with concerns that the salary schedule failed to meet the exemption requirements for executive session, and DMC Editor Jeff Hurt publicly voiced those concerns again prior to the board closing the doors to the public last Monday night.

 

 

 

 

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UIL Guidelines have local schools preparing for 2021

With the UIL’s recent publication of its COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Guidelines, school districts will be expanding its safety protocols and limiting event capacity, and with regulations for coordinators, participants, audiences, and media alike, the upcoming extracurricular season will be quite different for competitors and fans alike.

As COVID-19 continues to spread across the state and positive cases in Fisher and Stonewall counties continue grow, school districts in those counties are amidst preparations for reopening schools for the 2021 Academic School Year and bombarded with ever-changing rules and recommendations.

Fisher County reported its first case in May, and Stonewall County reported its first earlier this month. Local cases are slowly rising with Stonewall County holding at three cases, and Fisher County reporting a total of 23, with 13 recoveries and 10 active cases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Local artist decorates downtown Roby

Local artist decorates downtown Roby

2019 Roby Graduate, Emilly Branson, is the daughter of Jeff and Deean Branson, owners of Williamson-Branson Real Estate. Emily is currently attending Texas State University to pursue a degree in Psychology.

The small stroke of a paintbrush only a few inches wide is dwarfed by the massive mural on the large brick wall of the Williamson-Branson Real Estate building in downtown Roby, Texas. But artist, Emily Branson, continues to patiently paint stroke by stroke, layer upon layer, and color upon color despite the West Texas heat.

Slowly, the rows of cotton have begun to take shape and come to life across the Texas landscape, and soon travelers from all over will witness a masterpiece that began long before the artist was born.

August 1, 1944, in the small cotton farming town of Roby, Texas a man by the name of Larry Williamson was born. In 1962 he graduated from Roby High and on January 24, 1964, he married the love of his life, Martha Faye "Marty" Terry.

 

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NOMADIC NEWSPAPER BEATS THE TEXAS HEAT WITH A TRIP TO COLORADO!

NOMADIC NEWSPAPER BEATS THE TEXAS HEAT WITH A TRIP TO COLORADO!

The Double Mountian Chronicle to a trip to Fun Valley in South Fork, Colorado with Gil and Gaynell Cherry, Kambri Cherry, Grant, Lyndi, Gibson, Gaines and Gates Cherry, Terry, Jill and Larissa Locklar and Ethan Whittenburg

 

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Stonewall Co. landowner negotiates with Commissioners

In a slow negotiation process that has stretched on for over a year regarding the construction of a new hangar at the county’s airport, the Stonewall County Commissioners are no closer to reaching a solution after Monday morning’s meeting than they were last July.

Last year, landowner Brian Snodgrass contacted the Stonewall County Court, requesting access to the county-owned airport from his neighboring property. Snodgrass owns the land to the north and east of the airport. Land west is farmed and owned by another individual.

The Airport has a single entrance via County Rd. 204, a dirt road about a mile northeast of Aspermont. The 80 acres of land the airport sits on was once part of Snodgrass’ estate before the county purchased it from the previous owner in 1983 for $32,000. The airport was officially activated in 1986 and is currently open to the public for general aviation.

 

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